Helen Clark calls on African countries to mobilize for the effective implementation of their plans for emergence

Mar 29, 2017

ICEA is intended to be an exchange platform to stimulate debate and exchange on processes towards emergence. Photo: UNDP Côte d'Ivoire

Abidjan, 29 March 2017 — Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), attended the opening ceremony of the Second Conference on the Emergence of Africa (ICEA) yesterday.

The ICEA, the first edition of which was held in Abidjan in March 2015, is intended to be an exchange platform under the aegis of the Government of Côte d'Ivoire and UNDP, in partnership with the World Bank and the African Development Bank (AfDB).

The conference was officially opened by HE Mr. Alassane Ouattara, President of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, in the presence of Presidents Alpha Condé of Guinea, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, Macky Sall of Senegal and AfDB President Akinwumi Adesina.

 "It is important to show people that emergence is not a slogan, nor the business of a government or a political party, but rather the expression of a people's collective desire to get out of a situation of vulnerability and take their destiny in their own hands" said President Ouattara in his opening statement.

The debates of this second edition, based on main theme, Implementation of the plans for emergence in Africa, will enable the participants to analyze and take stock of progress made by African countries in advancing their plans towards emergence.

Stressing the need to create the conditions conducive to emergence and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and African Union's Agenda 2063, UNDP’s Administrator said: "It is essential to build a developmentalist state, with a clear and shared vision, characterized by responsible and transparent governance and strong institutional capacity."

Following a meeting with President Ouattara, a day before the conference, Helen Clark hailed the economic performance of Côte d'Ivoire, whose annual growth rate is close to 9%, and its efforts towards national reconciliation and peacebuilding: "Côte d'Ivoire is an example for post-crises countries and a privileged partner of the ICEA."

One of the highlights of the first day of the ICEA was the presentation by Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, UNDP Regional Director for Africa, of the findings of a case study on 13 African countries. Mr. Dieye stated: "It is important to invest in good governance to ensure the sustainability of the conditions for emergence."

Over the next three days, experts from Asia, the Americas, and Africa will share experiences on governance of public institutions and structural, inclusive and sustainable transformation during plenary sessions, parallel sessions and side-events.

The Vice-President of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, HE Mr. Daniel Kablan Duncan, will close the ICEA 2017 on Thursday 30 March, following the presentation of the conference final report by Abdoulaye Mar Dieye.

For further information, please contact:

In Abidjan:

Youssouf Diarra, Communications Specialist,
Lamine Bal, Communications Specialist, lamine.bal@undp.org

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